Caspers Constructions and Contractors Long Beach California




Q. How long does it take to get a permit?
Q. What can I expect when the project starts?
Q. What are the stages of the job?
Q. What are change orders and extra work orders
    and how are they handled?

Q. What are allowances and how do they work?


Q. How long does it take to get a permit?
A. That depends upon the size of the project and the city in which it s built. Usually a small remodel or room addition can have its plans approved and permit issued at the building department counter in one day. But if the project is large or multi leveled, the plans and structural engineering calculations must be submitted to the building department, and the plan check may take 2-4 weeks. If the plans and calculations are deemed properly executed, the city building engineer signs them and issues the permit. In some cities design review board meetings are required for second story additions and projects to the front of homes; this adds even more time to the permitting process.

Q. What can I expect when the project starts?
A. Projects almost always start with demolition, so we always tell our clients to expect noise and dust in the beginning. We also recommend removal of any fragile objects or pictures hanging in rooms adjacent to the demo, and removal of any other personal items outside that may be in the path of the construction. Thankfully, however, this phase is usually brief, and soon after the foundation is poured and the framing begins.

Q. What are the stages of the job?
A. As a referred contractor and design-build firm the design is created before the contract is signed. This enables us to immediately complete plans and begin the permit process. Construction begins with demolition followed by concrete foundation, framing, rough electrical, plumbing, heating and roofing. When all are approved via inspection, the building is wrapped (lath or siding) and insulated. Drywall and stucco are then undertaken. Finally the finish stage begins. This includes installation of cabinets, granite, tile, hardwood floors and the setting of finish plumbing and electrical fixtures.

Q. What are change orders and extra work orders and how are they handled?
A. Change orders are alterations to the signed and permitted plans that a client may wish to go through with after the job is underway. If such a change is desired we assess the extra costs involved and issue a change order which must be signed and paid for before the alteration is executed. If the change is large, the architect and engineer must be notified to provide extra drawings and/or calculations to present to the city building department. Extra work orders are orders for work that is not included in the original signed and dated contract. Extra work orders, like change orders, are cost assessed and submitted as forms for the client to sign and pay for before they are executed. Both types of order add time for completion to the contract.

Q. What are allowances and how do they work?
A. An allowance is an amount of money determined during job costing that is specified in the contract for the purchase of items at a supply house. If the allowance for purchase is exceeded then the client is invoiced for the overage. If there is a balance, the client s statement is credited.

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